Scotia Bellevance in action on the rink.

Girls pass round one

Thirty-six female hockey players from the Island attended the U18 zone camps in Port Alberni April 2-3.

Thirty-six female hockey players from the Island attended the U18 zone camps in Port Alberni April 2-3.

It was at this camp that two Campbell River athletes were selected after evaluation of their fitness and skill off and on the ice. Scotia Bellevance and Taryn Ashdown were selected and will attend the U18’s tournament in Salmon Arm from April 27 to May 1.

The 20 players selected at the Alberni camp will join others that were selected from five other camps across B.C. All of the players will be put onto six equal teams, based on the player’s rankings.

The top 51 players from Salmon Arm will advance to the provincial camp to be held May 19-23, at a location yet to be determined.

There are many stages in the process, but the eventual goal is to make Team BC which competes nationally.

Bellevance, 15, has had many successes during her hockey career in the North Island.

This past season she was part of the North Island Extreme with fellow Riverites Una Marsh, Danielle Thompson and Briana Forberg. The team placed third at the provincial championships.

Ashdown, 16, is making her second attempt to make it onto Team BC. Last year she made the third stage of the tryouts.

Ashdown is now in Grade 11 at Notre Dame, the prestigious hockey school in Saskatchewan.